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Monday, 17 March 2014 18:53

St. Patricks Day Memorials

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My father William H. Mee, Sr., worked some 20 years at the N.M. Legislative Council Service and retired in 1985.  Each year for St. Patrick's Day he was asked to write a Legislative "Memorial" to honor the day.  Representatives Tommy Foy and Murray Ryan (both deceased) from Silver City first started the tradition.  The memorial would be read on the Senate and House floors and started a little celebration.  Here is a sample from the attached pdf from 1997:





'Twould be nice to be in Ireland now that winter's on the wane,

And tread among the shamrocks growing near each country lane,

And smell the pungent fragrance of a fire made of peat.

Of all the olden memories, there is none that is so sweet.


'Cross the mighty western ocean and through forlorn mists of time,

Comes a message to us somehow from a far and distant clime,

That on each anniversary of Saint Patrick's holy birth,

We should think once more of Erin and folks long gone from earth


So we'll take a taste of Irish, and we'll sing an Irish song,

And we'll joke and tease each other, and we'll know we each belong

To that noble line of people who comprise the Irish stock,

For Spain and France and other lands sent people to that rock.


Now then let us remember long, and when all is said and done,

Like Irish folk, we'll hide our hurts with laughter and with fun,

And now 'tis time to clasp your hand and speak of friendship's way,

For knowing each of you has blessed me this Saint Patrick's day; and

WHEREAS, at a time in history, the country of England was an

enemy common to the peoples of Ireland and Spain and was one of the causes of the wrecking of the Spanish armada on the coasts of Ireland; and

WHEREAS, between the Irish, being a hospitable people, and the Spanish, being a prolific race, there arose a common bond resulting in a subsequent similarity of family trees and names, such as: DeValera, DeValle, Valerio, and Varela, Costello and Castillo, O'Quinn and Olguin, and the use of Gallagher for Gallegos and Murmudo for Murphy; and

WHEREAS, both of these stalwart peoples came from lines of kings

and poets; and

WHEREAS, certain refinements of both peoples are similar, in that they have endured poverty, hardship and famine and have survived war, pestilence and hard liquor;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE STATE OF NEW MEXICO that the citizens of Irish and Spanish descent of our great state be petitioned to have compassion on the poor and downtrodden among their fellow citizens, on those who live in poverty and are without education and on those who are so unfortunate as to be without the great cultural benefits of Irish or Spanish heritage dating back to the earliest Dons and O'Donnels; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that in this particular year's celebration we include special prayers that our brothers and sisters, both Orange and Green, refrain from violence and negotiate a lasting peace with their cousins across the Irish sea.


Friday, 10 January 2014 20:01

New Mexico Motor Patrol

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The New Mexico Motor Patrol


Arthur Scott



  The New Mexico Motor Patrol, from 1933 to 1935, was the predecessor of the New Mexico State Police which was authorized in 1935.  From 1921 to 1933 New Mexico did not have any statewide law enforcement agency.  The 1933 legislature and governor created the Motor Patrol to serve this purpose.

   The June 3, 1933 New Mexican states in part:




    The motor patrol has 231 aspirants who have filled out and returned the original questionnaires sent out by the board.

   Of these, however, a number are too short, some too heavy, others suffering from maladies which prevent their acceptance. and of the231, there probably will not be more than a third eligible for the next examination, board members said.

Dates will be fixed and places assigned and the applicants meeting other requirements will assemble for a "30-minute test" which is in the form of question and answer and contains several problems each to indicate the man's worth in his endeavor."


   The resulting force were the ten men shown above with my grandfather, Governor Arthur Seligman taken on the August 5, 1933 inauguration of the New Mexico Motor Patrol. This state photo was taken just about six weeks before he died suddenly on September 25, 1933.

   The Motor Patrol continued to do their job until 1935 when the New Mexico State Police were created by the state legislature. Examples of their work are described in the following article published in the August 10, 1933 New Mexican: Note Patrolman Lacy Shortridge got bucked off in Tijeras Canyon.





Monday, 28 October 2013 12:40

New State Historian Website

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   On October 21, 2013 the Office of the New Mexico State Historian launched their new website. It is brighter, menu driven and much more easily navigated than the the previous one. Most of the emense hoard of previous materials were preserved. The multimedia section contains dozens of audio, video and podcasts. One Gf my favorites is "Growing Up in Cochati." The search engine is very fast and complete.

Give it a try at:  NEWMEXICOHISTORY.ORG or use the link on the Voces "Links" section.


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